Yes! At least, that's what the guys at Wages of Wins say. Wages of Wins is the leading sabermetric (is that the right term when talking about hoops?) blog about basketball. The same guys who, in their draft preview last year, said Kawhi Leonard
was one of the Top 3 players in the draft.
This year, they had Marcus Denmon No. 11 in their draft ranking. Yes, Wages of Wins says Marcus Denmon is the 11th-best player in the 2012 draft. Why? In one post (http://wagesofwins.com/2012/03/05/a-search-for-the-next-jeremy-lin-part-2-marcus-denmon/
), they say:
"Marcus Denmon is good at, well, everything. But he is exceptionally good at shooting efficiently and taking care of the basketball. He is great at shooting threes and even better at the free throw line. These strike me as attributes that will translate well into the pro game."
"Sure size is important, but it’s overrated. Marcus Denmon doesn’t have size, but he plays basketball with unparalleled efficiency – he’s effiecient from the field, he’s efficient from the line, and takes great care of the basketball."
In their draft grades, Wages of Wins gave the Spurs
and A, writing, "Wow, the Spurs left the draft alone and assumed a top player would be available at the very end. Turns out they were right. Great shooting, he doesn’t foul or turn the ball over and is good at stealing. In a world where shooting guards are weak, the Spurs seem pretty good at finding them in the draft."
Now, I don't know Denmon from Adam. And Wages of Wins isn't for everyone - they used advanced statistical analysis and they go where that leads them. If you're one of those people who thinks, "I don't care that statistical analysis says Austin Rivers and Harrison Barnes are bums, they just LOOK like basketball players," then you definitely won't be a fan.
So I'm not claiming that WoW is right about Denmon -- just pointing out that there are, in fact, some high-level NBA analysts out there who think the Spurs got a very big steal.